Woman who lied to cops about armed robber is put on probation

Cary Ashby • May 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A Wooster woman will be on two years of probation for lying to investigators about the whereabouts of her then-boyfriend, an armed robber.

In early March, Shannon N. Roe, 27, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice. The single mother now is working at McDonald's and has been working toward obtaining her GED.

"I work, go to school and stay home," Roe said at Thursday's sentencing hearing.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Roe didn't know "her significant other," former Collins resident Garry D. Ellis Jr., 21, "was going to commit a very stupid robbery." He was referring to an Oct. 24 armed robbery in a Hartland Township cemetery, where Ellis pulled a gun on the male victim and made him walk into a small shelter. The defendant then drove away from the cemetery.

"There aren't any words to describe what it felt like," the victim said when Ellis was sentenced. "Every step I took, I asked God, 'Please don't let him shoot me. Please don't let him shoot me.'"

The Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested Ellis at his then-DeRussey Road, Collins, home. He is serving 12 years in prison for aggravated robbery.

About Roe lying to deputies regarding where Ellis was, Longo said his client panicked and told the lie to "circle the wagons" without giving it a lot of thought.

"This was a very unsuccessful obstructing (offense)," Longo said.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the crime happened during circumstances which were are unlikely to re-occur.

"She has expressed remorse for her activities," the judge said.

Roe's probation officer has the discretion of when to impose a 60-day jail sentence or can ask the judge to waive it if she does well on community control. The defendant, who was fined $250 and must complete her GED, faces one year in prison if she violates her probation.

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